HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Public Security has asked traffic police and relevant authorities to make sure the drivers of all modified three-wheeled vehicles across the nation not only have licences, but also certificates proving they are war invalids.
Five years ago, it was decided to ban all drivers who did not have the proper papers - and to seize their vehicles.
However, despite reports that most drivers are too young to be war veterans, the numbers of the three-wheelers changed little.
Police will now patrol the roads to check driving licences and vehicle registration certificates.
The crackdown follows the continued appearance of the self-modified, three-wheelers on the streets of Ha Noi and HCM City.
In 2010, all three-wheeled vehicles were banned in big cities to ensure road safety, ease traffic jams and accidents.
But those run by wounded soldiers were allowed to operate if the owners registered with traffic police and received vehicle plates.
This was done to help war invalids earn a living. However, the situation has again got out of hand.
In Ha Noi, many three wheelers driven by young men ply streets such as De La Thanh, Minh Khai, Mai Dong, Truong Chinh, Tran Nhat Duat, Tran Quang Khai and Tran Nhan Tong in Ha Noi. They lack number plates, often carry bulky goods and are carelessly driven, causing traffic chaos.
Colonel Dao Vinh Thang, head of Ha Noi's Traffic Police Department, said that crackdown was high priority.
Last October, police launched an inspection of three-wheeled vehicles and seized 193 vehicles operating without correct papers. — VNS